Navigation Links
High Prevalence of AIDS among Indian Truck drivers

New Delhi: A startling study indicates that almost 40 percent of India's truck drivers and their helpers are infected with AIDS virus and there is an urgent need to create awareness// among this community to check the spread of the fatal disease.

India currently has over 5.1 million AIDS patients and truckers are possibly one of the largest groups carrying the disease.. There are over six million truckers crisscrossing the length and breadth of the country.

"The findings are certainly alarming. One in every three truckers visits commercial sex workers. The shocking part is that only 18 percent of them use condoms," said Alok Srivastava, the chief project manager for the study.

According to the survey, conducted by the Centre for Media Studies (CMS), though many truckers have heard about HIV and AIDS, only two percent of them know the difference between the two.

The study collected data from hundreds of truck drivers ferrying on national highways linking Mumbai and New Delhi, New Delhi-Kolkata, Kolkata-Chennai and Chennai-Mumbai.

Among the truckers surveyed, 95 percent were in the age group of 18 to 45 years and 80 percent were married. Around 75 percent were in the profession for more than five years.

More than illiteracy, ignorance and being away from home for long stretches were the main reasons behind the spread of the disease among the truckers' community, Srivastava told IANS.

The survey revealed that at least a third of the truckers had never been contacted by government health workers or an NGO though AIDS awareness campaigns on television and radio have helped to spread knowledge.

"The National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) must pay more attention towards this community," Srivastava said.

To bring about the desired behavioral change, the survey suggests there must be concerted efforts for one-to-one interaction between truckers on the one hand and priva te and public health workers on the other.

"Interpersonal communication is the most effective medium to convey any message. When a health worker interacts with a trucker, there is a greater possibility of realizing the importance of safe sex.

"Besides, they must be educated on the use of condoms. They should also be motivated to seek early and complete treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. Communicating messages through peer educators comprising sex workers and fellow drivers needs to be taken up on a large scale," Srivastava said.

(Source - :IANS)
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Survey Reveals Alarming Prevalence Rates of Diabetes among US Adolescents
2. HIV Prevalence In Ethiopian Women Greater Than National Average
3. Prevalence Of AIDS Goes Down In Illinois
4. HIV Prevalence in South Africa May be on Decline
5. Prevalence of Self-reported Snoring, Sleep-disordered Breathing in Military
6. Prevalence of Celiac disease in children with type 1 diabetes
7. Prevalence of AIDS Cases in UAE is Low
8. Thailand Approves Strategic Plan To Reduce HIV Prevalence Among Youth
9. Scientists Find Clue for the Prevalence of Bladder Cancer More in Men
10. Alternative medicine more popular among HIV positive patients
11. Poor diet among smokers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/16/2017)... ... August 16, 2017 , ... QualDerm Partners , a ... today announced Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology has joined the company ... in both Hermitage and Lebanon, Tennessee, provides comprehensive general dermatology and skin cancer ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... Island, NY (PRWEB) , ... August 16, 2017 , ... ... with IV starts and blood draws. By broadly deploying AccuVein devices, Maury Regional Medical ... takes much of the guesswork out of a needle stick and more importantly, helps ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... August 16, 2017 , ... Paul Vitenas, MD, FACS , is honored ... The annual list identifies the nation’s top physicians, in a variety of specialties. This ... the top of Castle Connolly’s coveted ranking. , Castle Connolly is the nation’s trusted ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... , ... A global leader in the treatment of clubfoot, CURE International ... states—bringing the country one step closer to eliminating clubfoot as a lifelong disability by ... track to enroll 10,000 children in the clubfoot treatment program in this year alone. ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... , ... August 16, 2017 , ... ... states: “Drying the endoscope after every reprocessing cycle, both between patient procedures and ... and nosocomial infections. Drying is as important to the prevention of disease transmission ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/10/2017)... LAKEWOOD, Colo. , Aug. 10, 2017  Physical Rehabilitation ... Therapy, located in Lakewood, Colorado . The ... Jeff Lipkin , PT, DPT with his staff of ... the University of Pittsburgh and brings over 10 years of ... Belmar PT marks the 10th PRN clinic ...
(Date:8/7/2017)... , Aug. 7, 2017 Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: ... Joel Saban as president, effective Aug. 7, 2017. ... has decided to pursue other interests and will serve as ... tenure, Paul has served us in multiple leadership roles since ... in Jun. 2015 and has provided decisive, strategic leadership which ...
(Date:8/3/2017)... -- Opioid addiction and other drugs of abuse, blood poisoning ... outcomes, were problems taken on directly as laboratory professionals, ... them, met this week. This according to Kalorama Information. ... abuse, procalcitonin and acute kidney injury were key focuses ... in San Diego, CA.  Mechanisms ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: